Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Monday, September 09, 2002

A legal conundrum in Iran. A man who beheaded his seven year old daughter because he suspected her uncle had raped her (post mortem showed that she was still a virgin), is facing calls from his communty that he be hanged. Under Islamic Law, however, only the father of the victim can plead for a death sentence.

First of all, I would think it more honorable to behead the man I though raped my daughter. Somehow murdering a little girl doesn't come across as very honorable. And without saounding like I am trying to imply anything. I wonder what the people in his community would be saying if it turned out that the girl was no longer a virgin? Would they still be calling for him to be hanged for committing such a brutal inhuman act, would they be calling for the hanging of the uncle or would they have approved of him 'defending' his 'honor fame and dignity'?

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